Iranian Armed Forces Stage Nationwide Parades
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Armed Forces began nationwide parades on Sunday, the first day of the Sacred Defense Week which marks the onset of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran 33 years ago.
The opening ceremony of the Sacred Defense Week started on Sunday at the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, south of the capital, Tehran.
The latest military and defensive achievements of the country’s Armed Forces will be put on display during the parade, which is attended by various units of the Iranian Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Basij (volunteer) forces and the Islamic Republic of Iran Police.
Several Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, senior military commanders and officials, as well as a number of foreign military attaches have attended this year's parades.
President Rouhani delivered a speech during the ceremony.
In Iran, the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war is known as the Sacred Defense, and Sacred Defense Week is held on the anniversary of the beginning of the war. Sacred Defense Week begins on Shahrivar 31 in the Iranian calendar (September 22 this year), which is the day Iraq invaded Iran and began the imposed war on the country in 1980.